At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slave ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners. As their old family ties are washed away, they come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers, and an unlikely dynasty is born which spans continents, races, and generations. This sweeping historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the high seas, and the exotic backstreets of China, but it is the panorama of characters that brings Sea of Poppies alive. The first in a trilogy, it is a masterpiece from one of the world s finest novelists.